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a deal on syria's chemical weapons, secretary of state john kerry makes his way to jerusalem to brief israeli prime minister benyamin netanyahu. more help headed to colorado where president obama declares a disaster for the flooded area. the national guard warns people to get out before it's too late. >> i'm reporting from the philippines, jamela alingogan, where government forces continue to battle it out with the liberation fighters. >> secretary of state john kerry has landed in jerusalem ahead of a meeting with the israeli prime minister. among other thinks kerry and benyamin netanyahu will discuss the deal with russia to destroy syria's chemical weapons stockpile. the agreement was lashed out with sergei lavrov, and israel's president and prime minister expressed cautious optimism about the deal, but said leaders should have a backup plan for a military response. we go live to jerusalem. simon, thank you for joining us. >> it's a pleasure. as i understand, you understand that the meeting between secretary of state kerry and benyamin netanyahu has begun. i spoke to one of benyamin
>>> right now on andrea michelle reports, putin's ploy. secretary john kerry is about to meet with russia's foreign minister about getting rid of syria's chemical weapons, vladimir putin does an op-ed blasting president obama's syrian policy. what does it mean for vladimir, kerry talks that start within the hour. >> i think it's clear the purpose was to weaken our resolve and make sure we would not fulfill our pledge to conduct military action if we have to. >> that's the discussions that secretary kerry had with foreign minister lavrov as well as make of the other players in this can yield a concrete result. i know he's going to be working very hard over the next several days to see what possibilities are there. >> we'll ask senate foreign relations chairman senator bob menendez for his reaction to putin's snipes. is this a real crack in assad's armor. the syrian dictator tells russian state tv he will give up his chemical weapons after long denying they even existed. >>> plus inside assad's opposition, the commander of the syrian rebel forces explains why they feel abandoned
at secretary of state john kerry this morning told fox news that there is concrete evidence that it was sarin gas that was used in that horrible strike. good morning, everyone. welcome to america's news headquarters. i'm eric shawn. >> hi, everyone. i'm jamie colby. interesting to note the u.n. and their mandate to go check out what happened with the inspectors was to find out whether chemical weapons were used, not who used them. i know you'll talk about this with ambassador bolton. there's new reaction now in the u.s. and around the world to president obama's delaying his decision on a potential strike on syria. he's decided to ask congress to first authorize any military action. france saying it will wait for the u.s. decision on how to act. and israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu says his country is ready for any possible scenario. first to connor powell who joins us live from our mideast bureau. what's the reaction there? >> reporter: this move by president obama generating anger, confusion and even some just, you know -- confusion across the entire area of the middle east. partic
channel right as the secretary of state john kerry sat down with his russian counterpart in switzerland. the two are working to hash out a deal to have syria turn over its chemical weapons stockpile. in the tv statement assad said his country would within days sign the chemical weapons convention, but a short time ago in switzerland, secretary kerry said that words from the syrian regime are not enough. james rosen is live for us in geneva, switzerland. >> trace, good evening from ven neva, where secretary of state kerry said expectations are high but they are more so, kerry argued, for the russians. before hand sect kerry spoke with telephone with the top leaders from the hill political and military wings of the syrian opposition. kerry seeking to reassure the rebels in effect that the u.s. is not selling them out to achieve a deal on chemical weapons. quote insuring both calls, kerry aides said, the secretary made clear he was seeking tangible commitments the russians are interested in achieving a strong, credible and enforceable agreement to verify, secure, and destroy assad's chemic
networks including this one. it was something secretary of state john kerry said today almost offhandedly that received a lot of attention. the idea that syria might agree to hand over control of its chemical weapons to other nations. the reaction to that and the president's own words late today leaves the impression that suddenly a military strike is now less certain. savannah guthrie has emerged from her conversation with the president in the white house and starts us off from there tonight. savannah, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the president was remarkably candid with me saying he's sure he has the votes in congress to approve the military strikes. he was open yet cautious about the idea, the latest overture from russia that perhaps the chemical arsenal could be controlled by international inspectors. are you skeptical? does it seem like a stalling tactic? >> i think a famous american president once said, "trust but verify." you have to take it with a grain of salt initially. but between the statements that we saw from the russians, the statement today from the syri
of state john kerry is responsible for handling some of america's most precarious problems, but this week he helped achieve what appeared impossible. we were with him at the u.n. when he struck a deal for the surrender of syria's chemical weapons and when he started the talks that could diffuse iran's nuclear threat. rouhani said he'd like to have a deal in three to six months. is that possible? >> sure it's possible. >> basically all my voices i have are just thoughts, just voices telling me to harm myself or harm other people or kill people. and that's why i think i need to get on medication, because i don't want to hurt anyone and because i know it's violent. >> kroft: that's mostly true. the overwhelming majority of people with schizophrenia aren't violent, but as you'll see tonight, half of the mass killings in this country were committed by people with severe mental illness and who were not being treated for it, and there are millions more of them out there. >> all of the ideas come to me in the middle of the night, and one night i just woke up and went, killing jesus. and i believe
of state john kerry continues his european tour to drum up support for a military strike. he's set to meet with william haig in 15 minutes. >>> stocks rise as august data signals stability. finances rally. australia's prime minister tony alba declares the country open for business after his coalition sweeps the country with a solid majority. >>> shares fall after italy's third largest bank is forced to double its capital hike. it hopes to have a restructuring plan in place within a month. >> announcer: you're watching worldwide exchange bringing you business news from around the globe. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to a brand-new edition of worldwide exchange. ross is out today. let's get back to one of our top stories. president obama will tape interviews with several u.s. tv networks today as he continues the push to take action against syria. the president will address the nation in primetime tuesday night. he dropped in on a dinner hosted by vice president biden for senate republicans on sunday and will meet democrats on tuesday as congress returns from their summer break. white
kerry. he spent last week at the u.n. and we were with him as war and peace hung in the balance. on syria, the u.s. and russia finally agreed on a u.n. security council resolution to force the syrian dictator bashar al-assad to give up his chemical weapons. tonight, there are still many question-- is the iranian opening real? how did the u.s. make a deal with the russians? and what if assad reneges on turning over his arsenal? >> john kerry: assad has to always know that if he plays games or if he varies from this or if he doesn't comply, and if ultimately the security council gets stuck again and refuses to enforce-- then, the united states always reserves its prerogatives with respect to its national security interests. >> pelley: but is this idea of the use of force credible anymore? after the enormous opposition you saw from the congress and from the american people, no one believes that the president would go ahead and use force in syria. >> kerry: i can assure you this president of the united states is not going to take off the table unilaterally any prerogative that a com
in syria even after this happens. secretary of state john kerry on a trip to london was asked this about the assad regime. >> is there anything at this point that his government could do or offer that would stop an attack? >> sure. he could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week. turned over, all of it. without delay, and allow a full and total accounting for that. but he isn't about to do it and it can't be done obviously. >> hold on a second. did we just hear secretary of state john kerry hypothesize his way into a potentially different solution. one person said that kerry made a major goof and went off script. but syria's ali russia suggested a plan for syria to hand over its chemical weapons to international control and the syrians said they would be open to it and we watched all day long as the administration seemed to publicly warm to the idea, culminating in the moment that president obama sat down in a chair opposite our own wolf blitzer. we'll show you his revealing interview and examine all of the implications with hel
're wearing pajamas. >>> good evening. i'm bret baier. this is a fox news alert. secretary of state john kerry is scramble to seal the chemical weapons deal with russia. heading to jen esa va to meet with the russian saeks. this after they pulled out this afternoon. that meeting was then abruptly canceled. tonight's national address from president obama is shaping up dramatically differently than it did just yesterday. all of this started by what the state department described as a throwaway rhetorical line from america's top diplomat. cheap white house correspondent. >> he's in desperate need of an escape hatch to help avoid humiliating defeats on capitol hill. so senior officials tell fox in a speech in the nation that has been draft and redrafted as the events changed, the president will call for a diplomatic pause for the votes in congress over whether to authorize military force. aides say the president will lay out a two-track process where the potential stick of military action will still be head over syrian president bashar al assad's head while offering the carrot of sending secretary
believes mooi come from his secretary of state john kerry's talks with the russian president. >> i am hopeful the discussions secretary kerry has with foreign minister and other players in this can give concrete results. >> there are fresh doubts about whether the u.s. can trust putin after he poked a finger or two in mr. obama's eye writing that america is no longer a model of democracy declaring he only wants to rely on brute force. firing away at tuesday's prime time address writing, i'd rathder disagree with the case he made. it's dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exemption exceptional whatever the motivation. a series of republicans like speerk john boehner -- >> i was insulted. >> and others feel the commander looks weak. >> to be lectured by putin like we were this morning, i can hear reagan rolling over in his grade. >> white house officials tried to offload ownership on putin. >> russia has put credibility on the line assuring us and others. >> the interview with the russian net work he declared he'll turn over chemical weapons and laughing off white house cl
. this hours after secretary of state john kerry suggested that syria should turn over its wmds but he didn't think the war torn country would actually do it. >> he could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week. turn it over, all of it, without delay. allow a full and total accounting for that. but he isn't about to do it. it can't be done, obviously. >> as the push for an alternative to a military strike gets under way the white house is skeptical of a, quote, plan b and the commander in chief continues to try to convince you, the american people and members of oh congress that attacking syria is in america's best national interest. one day before the president talks about the crisis he sat down with fox news. take a look. >> my concern now is making sure assad doesn't use chemical weapons again. we have seen some indications from the russians and syrians today that they may be willing to look at the prospect of getting weapons under control. perhaps even international control and getting them out of there where they could be vulne
session so far for secretary kerry, facing several questions on the issue of boots on the ground. us forces on the ground, and also what happens if there is a response from syria and it gets out of hand in the region. let's go back to the hearing now, and this is senator ben cardon. >> we need to have it focussed on the mission. it has to be done in a way that protects civilians the way that we can, and it has to be a limited duration. i want to come back to the point that the chairman raised in your comments, where you say we should shut the door as slightly as possible when dealing with putting our troops on the ground in syria. i have read the resolution that you presented to us. i think it is borrowered than what you have -- broader than what you have stated the president's intentions on the mission. i understand that and ined -- and i understand the president's desire to keep the the mission tight. it certainly does not close the door on the introduction of ground troops. i have also heard your comments about the unexpected - something could happen. i would just point out that t
. perhaps you can answer this. i know secretary kerry referred to it in his opening remarks. i believe like you, mr. secretary, that american credibility on the international stage hangs in the balance. while it's crucial to make sure that assad never uses chemical weapons again, i think there is something even greater at steak. and that is the message we send to iran as they pursue nuclear weapons capability. they see the syrian crossing of the president's red line and the world red line, and the supreme leader is also aware that mr. mr. obama keeps options on the table to keep iran from possessing weapons. what will iran's position be if we don't act now. if they see the stop of new nucr program hallow, and how do you think their nuclear program will change as to what we do now? >> congressman, there is an enormous amount of question in the region, not just by irania iranians, bu, but by otherwise o whether or not the united states of america means what it says. they ask me all the time, are you guys serious about iran? i'm sure when they come and visit with you they look to you for reass
of state john kerry posting this video, announcing more support for u.s. efforts in syria. >> praying for peace, the pope asking for people to cry out against war in syria. >> nato - airstrikes causing casualties - nato being blamed. >> overseas and here at home the white house is building its case for international action on syria. secretary of state john kerry is in paris trying to convince a skeptical international community there to support military intervention. he says momentum is building. meanwhile in washington congress is getting back to work tomorrow. president obama goes on a media blitz after a series of high-profile interviews he will address the nation in prime-time tuesday night. the president is pushing for more support for his plan to strike syria. we are following the story with live team coverage, we start in london, watching the diplomatic developments overseas, but first to washington, and paul, the white house chief is making the rounds in the sunday morning talks pressing the case for a military strike. what are the white house and members of congress saying t
before the senate foreign relations committee, john kerry didn't want to rule it out entirely. >> i don't want to take off the table an option that might or might not be available to the president of the united states to secure the country. >> reporter: that sounded an alarm with the top republicans. >> i will say in response to your answer to senator menendez, i didn't find that a very appropriate response regarding boots on the ground. >> reporter: then kerry tried to clarify. >> let me be very clear now because i don't want anything coming out of this hearing that leaves any door open to any possibility. so let's shut that door now as tight as we can. >> reporter: foreign relations chairman bob menendez says loss of american credibility and further humanitarian disaster are consequences of inaction, that america's allies are watching. >> the decision we make, resolution we present to the senate and votes we take will reverb rate around the world. >> reporter: for the administration, the bigger challenge is winning over the american public. a pew poll shows opposition to air strikes i
senator state john kerry and those of russia, syria, ultimately some members of congress and president obama himself. exchanges in several cases that were recanted but to which could lead actually to a handover of syrian chemical weapons stockpiles to the international community. a day of mixed contradictory confusing messages from the obama administration that may lead to a crisis created in part on mr. obama's unscripted ultimatum to the syrians to be resolved by an unscripted remark by his secretary of state today. we will be taking all of this up in tonight's broadcast. we will be joined by foreign affairs and judiciary committee member. he says he has never seen congress so united in its opposition to the president's call to strike another nation militarily. another pentagon official, kt mcfarland, says president obama's box in after his phrase of red lines on the campaign. and journalist says he has thrown mr. obama a lifeline. the way out of the mess that mr. obama created. they join us live. wall street seemingly ignoring the chaos and the incompetence of washington posting a t
. >>> breaking news this morning -- secretary of state john kerry joins me to explain president obama's political gamble. why he >>> breaking news this morning -- secretary of state john kerry joins me to explain president obama's political gamble. why he decided to seek congressional authority for military action against syria. >> this attack is an assault on human dignity. it also presents a serious danger to our national security. >> with the debate now shifting to congress, we'll have reaction from kentucky republican senator rand paul, a member of the foreign relations committee, plus our roundtable on president obama's leadership. has he presented a convincing case to a skeptical american public? will the abrupt delay of military action be interpreted by the world as weakness or careful deliberation? >>> and the terrible human toll. our own ann curry joins me with her firsthand account of the life-and-death struggles of the syrian refugee camps. i'm david gregory. all that ahead on "meet the press" for sunday, september 1st. >> announcer: from nbc news in washington, the world's longest run
're looking live at capitol hill where secretary of state john kerry, secretary hagel and chairman dempsey are testifying about a potential military strike on syria in front of a senate foreign relations committee. hours before he departs for the g-20 summit, president obama and the administration are busy trying to make their case. the president laid out the evidence this morning. >> we have high confidence that syria used in an indiscriminate fashion chemical weapons that killed thousands of people, including over 400 children. that poses a serious national security threat to the united states and to the region and as a consequence, assad and syria needs to be held accountable. i made a decision that america should take action. >> then he explained what a military strike would look like. >> the military plan that has been developed by our joint chiefs and that i believe is appropriate is proportional, it is limited, it does not involve boots on the ground. this is not iraq, this is not afghanistan. this is a limited proportional step that will send a clear message. >> andrea, seems to me
their backs on all of our interests. >> secretary of state john kerry says the case for military action in syria lies in the evidence of chemical warfare. two years after the beings tsunami,ing radiation reaches new levels. >> egyptian president mohammed morsi will stand trial for the 2007 deaths of seven people. >>> and flames are now 45% contained as firefighters battle on the edge of yosemite national park. and breaking news right now out of afghanistan, where taliban fighters have launched an attack near a u.s. military base in afghanistan. that is right near the pakistan border. the blast sparked a gun fight and sparked, jennifer glass is in kabul and joins us with the latest. jennifer is there any word of fatalities? >> we -- nato says they have incurred no fatalities, that is ooh ang operating base with afghan forces on it. a district spokesman says he sees bodies on it, a little over four hours ago now and there was a firefight with nato gun ships engaging the fighters. the taliban has claimed responsibility for this attack. >> now jennifer there were initial reports of this gun
statement about the need for accountability. >> secretary of state john kerry is pushing for support for military action in syria. >>> the country marks their indians day. three different cities going for the gold. one of them will be named in just a few hours as host of the 2020 olympic games. >> secretary of state john kerry is in europe this weekend. his first stop, the capital of lithuania, and then syria was on the top of the agenda. we're in london keeping up with the latest. philip joins us now. philip, what are you hearing that came out of all of these numbers on secretary kerry's agenda with the e.u. members? >> it's been a very different day than what we've seen previously at the g to in st. petersburg. secretary kerry getting a win, swaying all of the ministers on board in terms of who may have been behind the attack. for the first time we're seeing consensus in the e.u. head of the e.u. baron ess said there is aen agreement. >> confirming the existence of such an attack, and seems to indicate that the syrian regime is responsible to attack and the own ones chemical weapon
. a new report the cia has begun delivery of weapons to syrian rebels. secretary kerry begins talks geneva with the russians, and russian president vladimir putin speaks to americans in "the new york times." >>> and north korea appears to have restarted a nuclear reactor, capable of producing plutonium. >>> and the rare sighting of a smoke-nado. and a single night in this suite will cost you a cool $45,000. >>> "early today" starts right now. >>> good morning, i'm richard lui. we start with breaking news out of colorado. parts of boulder county are being hit hard by devastating floods after three days of heavy rain. the national weather service has issued a flash flood emergency for boulder and jefferson counties. there's at least one confirmed death and reports of collapsed homes, mudslides, and stranded drivers, but also a report of a dam collapse in larimer county. hundreds of students at boulder have been evacuated and the emergency office is telling residents to move to higher grounds. bill karins will be here with details and what's going on there. >>> russian president vladimir puti
words in the conduct of international affairs. >> john kerry says the threat of force remains if syria does not comply with the chemical weapons agreement. and health officials are warning of a frightening discovery in the water in a louisiana town. in colorado the rain is falling again. the flood zone has extended and now has grown to the size of the state of kentucky. as many as six people are confirmed dead. rescue workers are issuing a stern warning to those in the flood zone, get out now, or face the possibility of being trapped for weeks with no water and no electricity. 1200 people have been rescued so far, and hundreds of people still have yet to be seen or heard from. jim cooley joins us now live from boulder career, and jim, what is the rain doing to hamper rescue efforts there? >> well, take a look at this rain coming down here. it's been coming down heavily, we had a little break earlier. the rescue earths of course, have been totally ambered by all this. they had a heat of helicopters going up into the hills. those towns are inaccessible, now because the ceiling and the ra
into them. secretary kerry, president obama did not come to congress seeking a resolution in the use of force in libya. what's the difference between libya and syria when it comes to seeking congressional authorization? >> the difference is that in the case of libya, you had already passed an u.n. security council resolution and an arab league resolution and a gulf states comprehension resolution, and you had a man who we knew was prone to follow through on his word, promising he was going to kill like dogs all of the people in bengahzi. so there was an emergency, and an urgency to responding, in which the united states provided air support while the french and the british carried out the mission. so i think under those circumstances the president felt the urgency, the emergencicy of protecting life, and a capacity that already had been granted through the international community. which is why he's coming to congress. >> if the british parliament had not rejected prime minister cameron on the issue, would president obama have bothered to come to congress? >> i shy he absolutely would
, secretary kerry will be back on capitol hill this morning where members of congress are hoping against hope for an escape hatch. good morning from cambridge, massachusetts. it's tuesday, september 10th, 2013. i'm chuck todd. this special edition of "the daily rundown" live from the crema cafe in harvard square. ambassador nick burns, harvard professor charles ogletree will be here, former kentucky secretary of state tray grayson and boston's own jim and marjorie, plugged into the political scene here like no one else. i'm here because it's a school i never could have gotten into but they invited me to speak anyway so why not make the most of it. my first reads of the morning. >>> president obama doesn't just have an uphill battle tonight. he has a virtually impossible task, to convince the american public that right now at this moment the only course of action in syria is the u.s.-led military strike. as one of our pollsters describes it, the public's red line on syria appears to be stay out. does the president have a diplomatic escape hatch, though? the last 24 hours have been among the mo
in syria and why they're convinced the tapes are authentic. u.s. secretary of state john kerry meets with arab ministers overseas and where they stand on a potential strike in syria. >>> ail along, syria's border of lebanon, a refugee crisis escalated with thousands of people living in filth for shelter and forced to pay money to stay safe. >>> president obama is getting ready to make a major pitch to congress and to the american people on why the u.s. should launch an attack on syria. tomorrow night, he'll give interviews to journalists from six television networks and cable including our own wolf blitzer. on tuesday night he lays out his case to the american people from a speech from the white house at 9:00 p.m. eastern. meanwhile, u.s. secretary of state john kerry is talking about why the administration showed a senate committee extremely graphic videos of a suspected ser ran gas attack. they are extremely graphic. men and women and children all seen convulsing on the ground struggling to breathe and some are dead. he said it's important congress knows what's at stake before they
relations committee started a classified meeting that secretary kerry and director of national intelligence james clapper were testifying in. that meeting is still going three hours later. we saw secretary kerry. we have another camera staking out that position leave that meeting presumably on his way over to the house foreign affairs committee meeting. there's also, again, another meeting. senate armed services started at 9:30 and that's not yet finished. a lot happening here on a lot of fronts. >> let's talk about the house foreign affairs committee meeting, which might start a little late because the defense secretary, secretary of state and the chairman of the joint chiefs have not arrived yet. might there be a vote as early as today out of this particular committee meeting? >> reporter: you know, that's just not clear. they have a lot of talking to do. there are more than 40 members of this committee, and again, it's republican-controlled and everyone wants to get a question in and wants to be on camera. it's open and webcast, so it's very high profile and very public. everybody is get
of state, john kerry backing the posting of this video of a gas attack as he announces more international support for u.s. efforts there. and kickoff in just two hours. the n.f.l. taking to the field starting a brand-new football season. [ music ] >> overseas and here at home, the white house is now building its case for international action on syria. secretary of state john kerry is in paris trying to convince a skeptical international community to support military intervention there. he says, though, momentum is building. >> meanwhile, in washington, congress returns tomorrow and president obama goes on a media blitz after a series of high-profile interviews, he will address the nation in prime time on tuesday night. the president pushing for more support for his plan to strike syria. we are following the story with our live team coverage. phil ittner is in london watching developments overseas but we will begin with paul beban in washington. paul, do you have a sense where congress stands right now if the vote were to happen today? >> well, good morning, del. right now, the numbers in
with skepticism from the public and in the senate. >> make me proud today, secretary kerry. stand up for us and say you're going to obey the constitution. >> the choice was made to lead from behind. >> senator marko rubio is our guest. boots on the ground. secretary of state john kerry seeming to leave the door open and struggling to close it. >> i don't want to take off the table an option. >> former top generals weigh in. and bracing for impact, a live report from the middle east as dawn is about to break in syria. crisis in syria, the debate begins. good evening. i'm jake tapper. welcome to this special hour of cnn. for the next 60 minutes, we're taking you deep inside the critical drama unfolding. as we speak, all the angles, all the tensions on capitol hill ooze the obama administration pushes for a strike on syria, despite serious misgivings from the american public. we'll talk to top military minds and key lawmakers like marko rubio, a potential presidential hopeful. and debbie wasserman schultz. they've been tasked with this decision on your behalf. and we have some breaking news th
to get involved in the syrian civil war. and what i would ask john kerry is, you know, he's famous for saying, you know, how can you ask a man to be the last one to die for a mistake? i would ask john kerry how can you ask a man to be the first one to die for a mistake? i would ask john kerry, do you think that it's less likely or more likely that chemical weapons will be used again if the we bomb assad? i will ask him if it's more likely or less likely that we'll have more refugees in jordan or that israel might suffer attack. i think all of the bad things you can imagine are all more likely if we get involved in the syrian civil war. >> it's interesting because secretary kerry was pretty blunt, and i've got his remarks right here, talking about what you and your colleagues will do in the senate and the house. he said, i don't believe my former colleagues in the united states senate and the house will turn their back on our interests, on the credibility of our country, on the norm with respect to the enforcement of the prohibition against the use of chemical weapons, which has bee
are following this hour: secretary of state john kerry is trying to convince a skeptical international community to force strikes on syria while president obama makes a similar push right here at home. >> tokyo. >> and they are celebrating in tokyo. japan wins the bid to host the 2020 olympics. >>> a run on guns in maryland where tens of thousands are applying for permits with one of america's toughest gun laws about to go on the books. >> machines the size of molecules. how tiny technology could have a huge impact on the way we live our lives. >> john kerry says the world is facing another eunuch moment facing in saturday, he compared the use of chemical weapons to the atrocities of naz. germany. >> this is not the time to be silent spectators to slaughter, not the time to send a message where doing nothing is far more risky thansponding. this is not the time to allow a dictator unfetterred use of some of the most heinous weapons on earth. >> the obama administration is letting the public see some of its evidence. this is one of the videos shown to the senate intelligence committee just last we
spectators to slaughter. >> axelrod: secretary kerry tries to rally europe while the president readies aenously court press here at home. the olympic committee picks the host city for the 20ed 20 summer games, and the winner is. >> tokyo. gloom alphonso van marsh tells us why the japanese won the gold. are e-cigarettes the new cool? barry petersen looks at the campaign to lure the next generation of smokers. and wheels of fortune. mark strassman shows us how this entrepreneur turned an entire town around. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." sphwhrim good evening. i'm jim axelrod with the western edition of the broadcast. the u.s. now has the backing of the european union for a "clear and strong response against the syrian government," but a group of e.u. foreign ministers meeting today about press for a delay in any airstrikes until inspectors from the united nations deliver their report, expected at the end of the coming week. all this comes as congress gets ready to vote on an attack, and president obama begins a campaign to rally support. we have three report
. if the president decides to strike the country, he it may well hurt him politically at home. john kerry looked for european support. the eu palace say they will continue to play a humanitarian role but steps away from military intervention. >> reporter>> the internationaly cannot remain idle. >> reporter: president obama has to sell his case to politician and the american public. law makers are expected to vote next week but it could be two weeks before obama can get support. the kate is.ing built by the the u.s. and france may be losing momentum. joining us live from paris. we understand the u.n. secretary of state is getting ready to meet with arab league representatives. >> reporter: the americans are going to be looking for more explicit condemnation of the syrian leadership. they are going to be hooking for more ways tol legitize potential strike against bashar al assad. it does look like whether or not the to support any western intervention. last sunday the arab league dropped to the resolution in which they called for all necessary measures to be taken for active. but on the whole the
. we've heard john kerry overseas, susan rice, the national security adviser here at the white house has a speech later this afternoon. she'll be meetin meeting with ky voting block with the congressional black caucus. and right now they're playing catch up. >> what if, and that is the question arising at this hour. what if the white house fails to get authorization from congress, will they go it alone? >> that's a speculative question, but i'll indulge you, there is historical precedence here. a lot of this depends on the procedure in the senate. will it be filibustered? will it get the required 60 votes? right now it looks like it will require 60 votes. will they have the votes then? if the senate passes it, and it does not pass in the house then when does the president do? there is precedence there as well in 1998. the senate authorized strikes n.a.t.o. campaign over the skies of kosovo. the house failed and the bombing went ahead any way. the president has a lot on the line in terms of foreign policies, credibility. >> and there are developments taking place overseas. today russi
was delivered just hours before. secretary of state john kerry and russia's foreign minister are meeting in geneva. the report by adjustment inspectors on the use of chemical weapons in syria is set to be released next week. it will not include speculation on who deployed the weapon. as the world waits for that report, we are hearing about possible signs of another chemical attack in the eastern district of the capitol. activists posted this video, showing a doctor treating one of the victims of what he describes as a chlorine attack. aljazeera cannot independently verify this video. >> as we mentioned, secretary kerry is expected to meet with his russian counter park this afternoon. what are we expecting from these talks? >> we're expecting them to try at least try to bridge the divide between the two positions. the russians in particular do not want to see a u.n. resolution which states that if syria does not agree to get rid of its chemical weapons or just not follow through in get ingrid of its chemical weapons that immediately, military intervention would happen. now, washington wan
his country. phil is live in geneva where secretary kerry has been having meetings. phil, the russians and americans seem to have very different ideas on how to handle the situation in syria, nevertheless there is an important meeting happening in geneva. what do we know about the progress that has been made? >> well, richelle, actually those talks are bound to start any minute now. actually we're hearing there will be an opening statement by both foreign minister lavrov, and secretary of state kerry, and then they'll go into those talks. there is a lot on the table, not only whether or not there will be a joint un resolution put forward by the russians and the west, but also how this would be done, and we do know that there are large teams of scientific, logistical, and military experts that have come with both sides, the russians and the americans to discuss just how this would be done, presuming that they come to some sort of agreement on a un resolution. so a lot on the table. richelle. >> and with further complications happening with these new conditions that are coming out of syr
win for angela merkel, her .onservative allies u.s. secretary of state john kerry warned syria force is still an option if they do not put their chemical weapons under international control. and routing hamburg. in the state of bavaria went to the polls in regional elections, giving us an idea of how things will look in the country's general election weeks from now. the conservatives got a convincing majority that will allow the party to govern without a coalition partner. the opposition social democrats are just over the 20% mark. 7 .8%,ens got about disappointing for them. the free voters have taken about 8.6%, and the free democrats take just three percent. and for more on that, our political correspondent, simon young, joins us now in the studio. good result very there for some. it does not tell us anything about where it is going to go on the national level? >> certainly, the main headline, it is a hugely positive results for the conservative camp, with the bavarian conservatives returning to their position as the sole party of government in the big and important state of bavari
. the effort to win over support intensifies next hour. john kerry and chuck hagel and general martin dempsey will have the first public hearing on the possible use of force in syria. the president is also making his case. >> this is not iraq and it's not afghanistan. this is a limited proportional step. it will send a message to syria and other countries that may be interested in testing these norms. >> president obama is confident he'll get congress to back his plan. others are pushing for them to vote. >> assad did it and hundreds of children were killed. this is behavior outside the circle of civilized human behavior. we must respond. >> this is something that the unites states as a country needs to do. i'm going to support the president's call for action. i believe that my colleagues should support this call for action. >> dana bash now joins us from capital hill from the hearing room. the senate relations committee is gearing up to hold on the possible use of force in syria. what do we expect to hear today from secretary of state john kerry and chuck hagel and general martin dempsey who
worthless because they are not backed up by a credible threat of force. secretary kerry, i believe if we will do everything in our power to solve the syrian issue without military action they we know must enforce this authorization. will not be tolerated by this nation. make no mistake this resolution is about syria and holding assad accountable, but it will make it more likely or less likely for them to obtain weapons. i don't want to be in this position, none of us do, put we didn't put u ourselves in this position. the president didn't put you see ius inthis position, bashar al-d put us in this position when he decided to gas his own people. the question i ask is why is america the world policeman. why should we lead this effort, and when will we learn the nations who will support this action. >> the united states of america is not being the world's policeman. the united states of america is joining with other countries in upholding international standard of 184 nation versus joined into. obviously we have a greater capacity. we have been blessed with an extraordinarily capable
affairs committee member congressman ted yohu who pressed secretary of state john kerry on the president's plans in a hearing held today. the syrian resolution passes the senate foreign affairs committee after members capitulated to the demands of senator john mccain. general david grain joins us to assess the strike plan but we begin tonight with the latest on the president's pitch on military strikes against syria and another attempt to distance himself from his own decision. the president today actually put the responsibility on the international community. here's mr. obama earlier today in stockholm, sweden. >> i didn't set a red line. the world set a red line. my credibility is not on the line, the international community's credibility is on the line. and america and congress' credibility is on the line. do i hold out hope that mr. putin may change his position on some of these issues? i'm always hopeful. >> and for his part, president putin claimed that russia does not exclude supporting a u.n. resolution on punitive strikes against syria, if they are provided with evidence that th
that the president would lose, when a seemingly unhand remark by secretary of state john kerry changed the idea of use of force. >>> also, george zimmerman's wife says he was threatening her with a gun. >>> also later tonight, why some marathon swimmers are raising questions about diana nyad's epic swim, we'll tell you about that. we begin with breaking news, senate majority leader harry reid, postponing what would have been the key vote on authorizing use of force against syria, it began with off hand remarks by secretary of state john kerry when earlier today he was asked what bashar al-assad of syria could do to prevent an air strike. >> he could turn over every bit of his chemical weapons to the international community, in the next week, turn it over, all of it. without delay, and allow a full and total accounting for that. but he is not about to do it. and it can't be done, obviously. >> with that last sentence, secretary kerry apparently dismissed the entire notion. but then russia's foreign minister picked up on it, and syria's foreign minister picked up on it, as well. ban ki-moon also
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